This is a long rambling story with no real point, so you may want to browse my crafts or recipes. Or in case you are in the market for a long pointless story, go ahead and grab yourself a beverage and sit back.
My 14 year old has been wanting an Ipod Nano for some time now, and being the wealthy and generous parental types we are, we told her we would be thrilled for her to have one if, you know, we found one on the sidewalk somewhere or a perfect stranger offered to hand one over to her, but otherwise she had better plan on figuring out how she might obtain one IN THE REAL WORLD.
That's where Craig's List comes in. She is a mighty shrewd business gal and has even come to be the owner of a free 55 gallon fish tank, with stand and accessories, FOR FREE thanks to her bargaining powers and good ol' Craig and his list.
So, when she saw that a nearly new Ipod Nano was listed in Craig's List for $50 in the big city not far from us, she counted her money and set to work convincing me to drive her there to get it.
I acquiesced and we got all the details from the lady who had listed the Ipod. It turns out she had bought it for her 10 year old daughter who rarely used it and wanted an Iphone instead. Well, of course she did! What would life be for a 10 year old without an Iphone?! Nevertheless, what a 10 year old needs with an Iphone is really none of my business, so I told everyone to pile in the van so we could go pick it up.
As we drove nearer and nearer to the address I had Googled, I began to realize that the Nano's owner lived pert near the corner of Perpetually Unemployed Ave. and I Sell Crack St., so I started to get a leetle nervous. We phoned the lady to tell her we were very near her house and would love it if she would meet us outside, only she didn't answer. She called us back in a few seconds to tell us that she was sorry to say she wasn't at home, even though she had told us to come at that particular time.
Apparently, she had what she termed a family emergency (finger quotes) which, judging from the music and laughter in the background, may very well have been in an establishment known for serving hard liquor. But who am I to judge?
She apologized and promised to meet us tomorrow with the Nano in hand. We'll see about that, but I'm not holding my breath. (Stay tuned for Nano updates!)
Since we had already spent almost an hour traveling, I figured we may as well make our trip worthwhile and decided we should visit the historic downtown area. I made all my children's dreams come true by announcing we were going to an old fashioned candy store and everyone could spend a whole entire dollar on any candy they chose! Because remember that I am the wealthy and generous parental type.
I noticed that the downtown area was pretty well deserted, I guess because of the timing of our visit. I found that the candy store was located across from a parking area which advertised reasonable parking rates. The parking lot was empty and there was no attendant in the booth, nor was the entrance blocked, so I figured parking was free during "off" hours.
I parked and we all bailed out and loaded up on as much candy as we could. After about 20 minutes we came out to find I had a parking ticket! I thought it was very odd because there was no one anywhere in sight! Who had been patrolling the parking lot and why hadn't they been on duty earlier when I had wanted to pay?
The ticket had only a mailing address, with no email or phone number. It stated that any postdate after tomorrow would increase the fine $7 per day!
I looked all around and never saw a single soul who would hear my protest. I had been willing to pay for parking, but there was no one to take it, and NOW after only 20 minutes I have a steep fine? Highway robbery!
On top of all that, I had to drive on a very tall overpass to get back home, which makes me verrrry nervous and sweaty. So nervous and sweaty that I drive all of 40 miles per hour, which only causes the cars around me to pass me at blinding speeds, making me more nervous and sweaty.
It didn't help matters that I had a very vivid dream just last night about driving on just such an overpass which turned into a loopy roller coaster right in the middle of my dream. I woke up... you guessed it, nervous and sweaty!
So, to make a long story lengthy, I had a very eventful and costly day.
Now, what would you do about that ticket? What about the Nano? And my fear of overpasses?